Category Archives: RIP

You Don’t Own Me: Happy Birthday Lesley Gore

A re-post of what I wrote when Lesley Gore died last year at the age of 68. Below you will find a clip of Lesley Gore, performing “You Don’t Own Me”, on the now-mythical 1964 T.A.M.I. Show, directed by Steve … Continue reading

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Prince and Lenny Kravitz: “American Woman”

The white-hot pansexual-yet-ALPHA-MALE sex appeal on that stage is almost too much for me to handle.

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“Steve Winwood said, ‘Hey, Prince is over there.’ And I said, ‘I guess he’s playing with us?'”- Steve Ferrone, drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

There has been so much ink spilled on that epic Prince guitar solo during the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and I love it all. (I read a piece yesterday, I’ll … Continue reading

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Laura Hillenbrand on Prince’s “Kiss”

I have only found this on Laura Hillenbrand’s Facebook page, so I just cut and paste the text because I think it’s important and beautiful. Laura Hillenbrand, of course, is the author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend and Unbroken: A … Continue reading

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Two Beautiful Ones: Prince and Misty Copeland

This has been making the rounds but it’s so beautiful I wanted to share it, just in case people haven’t seen it. Imagine what this means. Ballet is not a mainstream pursuit. People are gigantic stars in the ballet world … Continue reading

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Dearly Beloved, We Are Gathered Here Today

I am too shocked and crushed to even say much. He was the music of my youth. I lost my virginity to a Prince song, because that’s what you did in the late 80s. Even if you didn’t put it … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Merle Haggard, and R.I.P.

I had a post all ready to go yesterday for Merle Haggard’s 79th birthday, and had spent some time yesterday morning cruising through Youtube, watching live clips, jumping around in time, enjoying him so much – as I always do … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Patty Duke

There are so many emotions. Her work meant so much to me growing up, and The Miracle Worker was a game-changer in terms of my child-hood understanding of acting (especially since I wanted to be one myself.) The Patty Duke … Continue reading

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R.I.P. George Martin

My pal Glenn Kenny has written a gorgeous tribute to revolutionary Beatles producer George Martin over at Vanity Fair.

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R.I.P. Alan Rickman

I paid tribute to the late (so hate saying that) Alan Rickman over at, including my memory of seeing him onstage in the unforgettable Broadway production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives, opposite Lindsay Duncan. I still have the poster, … Continue reading

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